Research Reports

Environment

US Coal and the Technology Innovation Frontier: What role does coal play in our energy future?

February 8, 2013   |   Durham, NC   |   Ghada Ahmed, Ajmal Abdulsamad, Gary Gereffi
The U.S. coal industry is coping with declining consumption as the nation burns less coal to generate electricity. The electric power sector drives coal demand and consumes over 90% of coal production. The coal industry is facing a number of challenges that include increasing production costs and competition from natural gas in the electric power market. The decreasing share of coal in power generation implies that the future of coal depends on technologies that change the way we manage and use coal such as carbon capture and utilization, coal gasification and coal liquefaction technologies.
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Geosynthetics: Coastal Management Applications in the Gulf

July 21, 2012   |   Durham, NC   |   Shawn Stokes, Susan Wunderink, Marcy Lowe, and Gary Gereffi
Coastal management projects to restore the Gulf Coast nearly all use geosynthetics-polymer-based materials that can improve structure performance, reduce project time and cost, and lessen environmental impact. This study analyzes 84 firms linked to geosynthetics and coastal management, providing jobs in the five Gulf Coast states and 31 others.
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U.S. Bus Rapid Transit

July 10, 2012   |   Durham, NC   |   Marcy Lowe, Monica La
As more U.S. cities consider adopting Bus Rapid Transit, CGGC researchers offer a new online tool to help decision-makers understand the value chain. A new report with interactive database analyzes the value chain of 390 firms that provide vehicles, technology, and services for high-quality BRT.
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Restoring Gulf Oyster Reefs: Opportunities for Innovation

June 5, 2012   |   Durham, NC   |   Shawn Stokes, Susan Wunderink, Marcy Lowe, Gary Gereffi
Several natural and manmade stressors are destroying Gulf Coast oyster reefs, jeopardizing a resource that protects the shore, filters water, and increases marine fisheries production. Restoring oyster reefs will maintain these valuable ecosystem services, and support a network of 132 innovative small and medium sized businesses across 22 states.
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Restoring the Gulf Coast: New Markets for Established Firms

December 5, 2011   |   Durham, NC   |   Marcy Lowe, Shawn Stokes, Gary Gereffi
Natural and human activities have damaged the Gulf Coast, threatening a valuable ecosystem vital to several billion-dollar industries such as seafood and tourism. Restoring the Gulf Coast can protect these assets while creating much-needed U.S. jobs, by engaging at least 140 firms across nearly 400 locations.
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Smart Grid: Core Firms in the Research Triangle Region, NC

May 24, 2011   |   Durham, NC   |   Marcy Lowe
The Research Triangle is a smart grid hotspot, with specialized R&D centers, supportive government policies, and roughly 60 core firms whose capabilities stretch across the entire value chain.
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U.S. Smart Grid: Finding New Ways to Cut Carbon and Create Jobs

April 19, 2011   |   Durham, NC   |   Marcy Lowe, Hua Fan, Gary Gereffi, Contributing CGGC researcher: Ghada Ahmed
Turning the electric power system into an "energy internet" can reduce CO2 emissions, stimulate technology innovation, expand the use of renewable energy, and create tens of thousands of U.S. jobs.
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Capturing the Energy Efficiency Opportunity: Lessons from EDF Climate Corps

March 1, 2011   |   Durham, NC   |   Lukas Brun
From 2008 to 2010, more than 65 companies and over 80 select MBA fellows have worked together through EDF’s Climate Corps Program to identify opportunities for energy efficiency investments that save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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The Multiple Pathways to Industrial Energy Efficiency: A Systems and Value Chain Approach

February 15, 2011   |   Durham, NC   |   Lukas Brun
In most companies, significant opportunities exist to improve energy efficiency, and many of them pay for themselves. However, organizational and financial barriers often prevent companies from capturing these savings. Closing this “efficiency gap” can have a big payoff for companies and society as a whole. To better understand these barriers to efficiency and potential strategies to overcome them, the report examines why and how product manufacturers adopt energy-efficiency improvements in their internal operations and supply chains.
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Lithium-ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles: The U.S. Value Chain

October 5, 2010   |   Durham, NC   |   Marcy Lowe, Saori Tokuoka, Tali Trigg, Gary Gereffi
In the global race to provide advanced lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, the United States is off to a fast start. We found 119 sites spread out across 27 states, all playing key roles across the value chain.
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Case Study: A123 Systems - Local Markets and Competitiveness, A Value Chain Analysis

October 22, 2010   |   Durham, NC   |   Gary Gereffi, Tali Trigg, Marcy Lowe
After years of manufacturing in China, advanced battery maker A123 Systems is also aggressively adding jobs in the United States, responding to federal incentives and a promising U.S. market for electric vehicle batteries.
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Case Study: Cree, Inc. - Local Markets and Global Competitiveness, A Value Chain Analysis

October 22, 2010   |   Durham, NC   |   Gary Gereffi, Ghada Ahmed, Marcy Lowe
Cree is adding jobs in the United States, but also in China--where the main attraction is not low-cost labor, but rather a large market for LED lighting products.
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U.S. Manufacture of Rail Vehicles for Intercity Passenger Rail and Urban Transit

June 24, 2010   |   Durham, NC   |   Marcy Lowe, Saori Tokuoka, Kristen Dubay, Gary Gereffi
The United States seems poised to ramp up its investments in passenger and transit rail. Will the required rail vehicles and components be manufactured in the United States? We map out 249 U.S. manufacturing locations, describe the current value chain, identify gaps in domestic capabilities, and note priorities for the future of the industry.
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U.S. Adoption of High-Efficiency Motors and Drives: Lessons Learned

February 25, 2010   |   Durham, NC   |   Marcy Lowe, Ghada Ahmed, Saori Tokuoka
Motor systems used by manufacturing industries play a large role in national energy profiles. In the United States, industrial motor systems account for about 17% of total electricity use. U.S. adoption of more efficient motors and motor systems could save an estimated 62-104 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually, at a cost savings of $3-5 billion.
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The Development and Diffusion of Powder Coatings in the US and Europe

February 15, 2010   |   Durham, NC   |   Lukas Brun
Powder coatings eliminate VOCs released during industrial coating processes and offer additional environmental and economic benefits over petroleum-based coatings. The report traces the history of powder coatings in the United States and Europe, identifies the powder coating value chain structure, the ability of key players to affect the industry, and some challenges of the Chinese powder coating market.
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Public Transit Buses: A Green Choice Gets Greener

October 26, 2009   |   Durham, NC   |   Marcy Lowe, Bengu Aytekin, Gary Gereffi, contributing researchers: Ghada Ahmed, Tyler Hall, Saori Tokuoka
Buses represent 25,000 to 33,000 domestic jobs, many overlapping with the heavy truck industry. U.S. firms are leading the development of hybrid, all-electric and other "green" buses--the future of the industry.
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Wind Power

September 22, 2009   |   Durham, NC   |   Gloria Ayee, Marcy Lowe, Gary Gereffi
U.S. employment in wind power is estimated at 85,000 jobs and growing quickly, with opportunities to employ workers and capacity from other industries like automotive and aerospace.
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Residential Re-Insulation

August 2, 2010   |   Durham, NC
With 46 million underinsulated homes in the United States, an expanding re-insulation market could save energy and create U.S. jobs for contractors, insulation installers, distributors, manufacturers, and material suppliers. This report is part of the Manufacturing Climate Solutions series.Posted: August 6, 2009.
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Hybrid Drivetrains for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks

June 2009   |   Durham, NC   |   Marcy Lowe, Gloria Ayee, Gary Gereffi
The United States is well positioned to take the lead in hybrid commercial trucks, a new, fast- growing market that promises future U.S. jobs in truck manufacturing, advanced energy storage, electronics, and software. This report is part of the Manufacturing Climate Solutions series.
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Carbon Capture and Storage

May 2009   |   Durham, NC   |   Kristen Dubay, Gary Gereffi, Lukas Brun
Chapter 8 of the Manufacturing Climate Solutions report focuses on carbon dioxide capture and storage technologies. These technologies will allow the U.S. to continue using fossil fuel for power generation while also achieving national goals to reduce CO2 emissions. These billion dollar projects also present huge U.S.-based employment opportunities in fields ranging from R&D to manufacturing and construction.
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Manufacturing Climate Change: Infinia Corporation Case Study

February 2009   |   Washington DC
J.D. Sitton, President and CEO of Infinia Corporation, speaks at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference. Infinia is highlighted in CGGC's Manufacturing Climate Solutions report.
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Manufacturing Climate Change: Recycled Energy Development (RED) Case Study

February 2009   |   Washington DC
Richard Munson, Senior VP of Strategic Planning and Public Affairs at Recycled Energy Development (RED), speaks at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference. RED is highlighted in CGGC's Manufacturing Climate Solutions report.
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Manufacturing Climate Change: Cree Business Case Study

February 2009   |   Washington DC
Gregg Merritt, VP of Corporate Marketing at Cree Inc., speaks at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference. Cree is highlighted in CGGC's Manufacturing Climate Solutions report.
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Recycling Industrial Waste Energy

February 2009   |   Durham, NC   |   Marcy Lowe, Gary Gereffi
Many industrial processes discard exhaust heat, combustible gases, and other "waste" energy. These highly recoverable resources can be harnessed to generate electricity, thus saving energy costs, reducing CO2 emissions, creating new jobs, and protecting existing jobs by increasing productivity and competitiveness.
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Heat Pump Water Heaters

February 2009   |   Durham, NC   |   Kristen Dubay, Gloria Ayee, Gary Gereffi
Current residential heat pump water heater products are add-on units used in conjunction with conventional storage tanks and they are produced by a handful of very small U.S. companies. The recent introduction of ENERGY STAR water heater criteria appears to be incentivizing some larger appliance manufacturers to develop new heat pump water heater products that will be more widely available. If consumer interest in heat pump water heaters increases, the market would need to scale up significantly to meet greater demands, opening greater opportunities for U.S. component manufacturing in the value chain.
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Super Soil Systems

November 2008   |   Durham, NC   |   Gary Gereffi, Marcy Lowe
Super Soil is not yet commercially available, but it is an example of a technology that could potentially be widely adopted. The adoption of this or similar technologies would involve manufacturing jobs producing large tanks. Additional manufacturing jobs would be needed to make the equipment, along with the associated requirements for steel, glass, concrete, and other materials, and construction jobs to build the facility. This new technology for treating hog wastes could allow the United States to become a global market leader in a sector where, until now, no adequate alternative has been available.
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Concentrating Solar Power

November 2008   |   Durham, NC   |   Gary Gereffi, Kristen Dubay
Concentrating solar power (CSP) represents a clean, powerful, endless, and reliable source of energy with the capacity to entirely satisfy the present and future electricity needs in the U.S. The new market for concentrating solar power plants has potential to create numerous U.S. manufacturing and construction jobs as U.S. companies grow and foreign firms come to the United States.
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Auxiliary Power Units for Trucks

November 2008   |   Durham, NC   |   Gary Gereffi, Kristen Dubay
Integration of auxiliary power units into long-haul truck manufacturing in the near future will likely increase penetration rates dramatically, with a corresponding boost to manufacturing. Expanded production of APUs would create economic opportunity at all stages of the value chain by increasing purchases from material and component suppliers. Additional value chain opportunities will likely come when APU technology is integrated as a component in tractor manufacturing rather than being an aftermarket product.
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High-Performance Windows

November 2008   |   Durham, NC   |   Gary Gereffi, Kristen Dubay
High performance window technology is well developed, and widespread use of these more efficient windows is leading to demand for even better performance. The U.S. industry faces new, more stringent efficiency criteria that may spur manufacturers to retool production lines and further innovate. Over the course of criteria changes, jobs may have to develop more efficient products. The ability of companies to respond to criteria changes may determine which companies will benefit and which will struggle to compete.
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LED Lighting

November 2008   |   Durham, NC   |   Gary Gereffi, Marcy Lowe
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are a semiconductor technology whose application to general-purpose lighting is rapidly growing, with significant potential for energy savings. The market for general-purpose LED lighting is currently very small, but it is growing rapidly as the technology improves and costs go down. Leading U.S. manufacturers find it crucial to ensure high quality and to protect their innovations--two good reasons to keep the manufacturing close to home.
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Duke Study Says "Going Green" Will Grow Jobs in U.S.

November 19, 2008   |   Durham, NC
An article in the Raleigh News & Observer about the new report from the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, called Manufacturing Climate Solutions, which presents a new research approach linking U.S. jobs with selected low-carbon technologies that can help combat global warming.
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Study Pinpoints “Green” Jobs in NC

November 18, 2008   |   Durham, NC
NBC-17 TV NEWS video highlights examples of "green" jobs in North Carolina. Value chain analysis of these jobs is presented in Manufacturing Climate Solutions, a new report from CGGC.
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